The most popular part of the Foothills Trail is the Puyallup-South Prairie piece. The East Puyallup to McMillin section is four miles of trail that winds through trees and farms and runs alongside an active railway. It's a wonderful alternative to riding SR 162. This extends our trail to 15 contiguous miles from East Puyallup through McMillin and Orting to South Prairie or a tremendous 30 mile roundtrip.
This is also Pierce County's first Rails-with-Trail, paralleling an
active Burlington Northern track. The trail crosses the railroad track
in four locations. Use extra care when crossing the track. From early
spring through late fall, you can observe the farming cycle of spring
planting through a variety of harvest seasons.
at McMillin and South Prairie, along with the East Puyallup location are
designed to look like miniature train stations.
East Puyallup Trailhead
Puyallup Trailhead features a restroom facility, kiosk, bicycle rack,
equestrian hitching post and 23 parking spaces. This trailhead is
located on the right directly after the cement bridge at the confluence
of the Puyallup and Carbon Rivers.
Parking and Trail Access
To reach the East Puyallup trailhead, from the intersection of State Route 167 and SR 410 in Sumner, follow SR 410 east for 1.3 miles. Take the SR 162/Valley Avenue exit toward Orting, and follow SR 162 for 0.5 mile south. Turn right onto 80th Street E. The East Puyallup trailhead is about 1 mile ahead on the right.